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Posted on 09/06/2010 12:26:17 PM PDT by ChicagoConservative27
Remarks of President Barack Obama on the EconomyAs Prepared for Delivery Milwaukee Laborfest Milwaukee, Wisconsin
As Prepared for Delivery
Hello, Milwaukee! Thank you to the Milwaukee Area Labor Council and to all of my brothers and sisters in the AFL-CIO for inviting me to spend this day with you a day that belongs to the working men and women of America.
The fact he would mention Boehner by name in a speech indicates these fools are really worried.
After four years of that Hag, Pelosi, almost ANY man is looking better for the Speaker job.
Boehner would not be my first pick, but he’s better than her.
But there are some folks in Washington who see things differently. When it comes to just about everything we’ve done to strengthen the middle class and rebuild our economy, almost every Republican in Congress said no. Even where we usually agree, they say no. They think it’s better to score political points before an election than actually solve problems. So they said no to help for small businesses. No to middle-class tax cuts. No to unemployment insurance. No to clean energy jobs. No to making college affordable. No to reforming Wall Street. Even as we speak, these guys are saying no to cutting more taxes for small business owners. I mean, come on! Remember when our campaign slogan was Yes We Can? These guys are running on No, We Can’t, and proud of it. Really inspiring, huh?
To steal a line from our old friend, Ted Kennedy: what is it about working men and women that they find so offensive?
When we passed a bill earlier this summer to help states save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers, nurses, police officers and firefighters that were about to be laid off, they said no to that, too. In fact, the Republican who’s already planning to take over as Speaker of the House dismissed them as government jobs that weren’t worth saving. Not worth saving? These are the people who teach our kids. Who keep our streets safe. Who put their lives on the line for our own. I don’t know about you, but I think those jobs are worth saving.
We made sure that bill wouldn’t add to the deficit, either. We paid for it by finally closing a ridiculous tax loophole that actually rewarded corporations for shipping jobs and profits overseas. It let them write off the taxes they pay foreign governments even when they don’t pay taxes here. How do you like that middle class families footing tax breaks for corporations that create jobs somewhere else! Even a lot of America’s biggest corporations agreed the loophole should be closed, that it wasn’t fair but the man with the plan to be Speaker is already aiming to open it up again.
Bottom line is, these guys refuse to give up on the economic philosophy they peddled for most of the last decade. You know that philosophy: you cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires; you cut rules for special interests; you cut working folks like you loose to fend for yourselves. They called it the ownership society. What it really boiled down to was: if you couldn’t find a job, or afford college, or got dropped by your insurance company you’re on your own.
Well, that philosophy didn’t work out so well for working folks. It didn’t work out so well for our country. All it did was rack up record deficits and result in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
I’m not bringing this up to re-litigate the past; I’m bringing it up because I don’t want to re-live the past. It would be one thing if Republicans in Washington had new ideas or policies to offer; if they said, you know, we’ve learned from our mistakes. We’ll do things differently this time. But that’s not what they’re doing. When the leader of their campaign committee was asked on national television what Republicans would do if they took over Congress, he actually said they’d follow the exact same agenda as they did before I took office. The exact same agenda.
So basically, they’re betting that between now and November, you’ll come down with a case of amnesia. They think you’ll forget what their agenda did to this country. They think you’ll just believe that they’ve changed. These are the folks whose policies helped devastate our middle class and drive our economy into a ditch. And now they’re asking you for the keys back.
Do you want to give them the keys back? Me neither. And do you know why? Because they don’t know how to drive! At a time when we’re just getting out of the ditch, they’d pop it in reverse, let the special interests ride shotgun, and hit the gas, careening right back into that ditch.
Well, I refuse to go backwards, Milwaukee. And that’s the choice America faces this fall. Do we go back to the policies of the past? Or do we move forward? I say we move forward. America always moves forward. And we are going to keep moving forward today.”
I couldn’t find Boehner’s name in the speech, maybe I missed it. Baraq did refer to “the man who wants to be Speaker of the House”
Uh Mr. Pres__ent . . . you failed to mention Sen. Feingold
Smart Ass in Chief
Nope. It is David Plouffe's first tactic, and it is a good one. Classic Alinsky. Don't get cocky. The GOP is stupid enough to still blow this.
Fox is running the speech. Anyone else watching.
“Last week I was spending some time, as I often do, with our troops...”
And on to class warfare with Jeremiah Wright fervor. He’s just awful.
Ignore both of them, and vote ...
Michele Bachmann for Speaker of the House.
That's it? That's all you got? Because "the past" with its 4-5 % unemployment rates, is looking pretty good these days.
“We made sure that bill wouldnt add to the deficit, either. We paid for it by finally closing a ridiculous tax loophole that actually rewarded corporations for shipping jobs and profits overseas.”
??? Should focus on that, I do not think it is true.
“They called it the ownership society. What it really boiled down to was: if you couldnt find a job, or afford college, or got dropped by your insurance company youre on your own.”
Untrue. “Ownership society” was a code word for having the public pay for everyone to have house ownership. Which Bush, late, tried to reform a little, but he had no political capital. Wasted his capital and trust on the Social Security privatization scam and the immigration scam bills.
i wonder when he will announce that every new infrastructure job will be a union job? This is nothing but a kickback to his union bag men.
Bammy is trying to channel FDR again. Except instead of the “New Deal” Obama is giving us the “Raw Deal”.
How unifying and presidential - such an inspiring leader in these troubled times! No wonder he preemptivly received the Noble Peace Prize...